Phew, that last blog post felt a little insane to post… (If you missed it, you can check it out here!) So many emotions happened directly after hitting that “publish” button, I pretty much ended up just feeling emotionally drained before I went to bed. When I woke up in the morning, I was completely overwhelmed by the messages that were on my phone. Messages of love, personal stories, and your struggles. I wanted to say a HUGE thank you for being so brave and sharing with me. You should all feel so proud of your honesty and pureness. Because of this… I was inspired to do a little list of things to make your day just a little happier. These are little tips I have learned from others, from my personal struggles, and that have helped me on my journey! Please feel free to add to this list in the comment section below!
Pamper yourself in your morning routine.
If you need to know one thing about me, know that I am NOT a morning person….like at all. I always get super crabby when I have to roll out of my cozy bed. However, I have learned the morning is the best time to get your mind in the right place for the rest of the day. Start this by putting something in your morning routine that you love (even more than your bed….GASP!!) For me, this is 110% coffee, obviously. It is a huge part of my morning ritual to wake up, grab a mug, and put on some happy music. After relaxing and enjoying the morning stillness, I move on to the tasks I need to do but I do them with a much happier attitude. Instead of just throwing food into the animals bowls or grumbling about taking the dog out, I acknowledge how much I love them (and how cute they are.) Afterwards, I try to fit in 10 or 15 minutes of yoga or meditation. Then, I light candles, sometimes put on a face mask, add eucalyptus to the shower, and treat my getting ready process like a spa. I completely see the day differently when I treat my mornings this way instead of running around as a late (and cranky) person.
Show kindness to others.
I wish more people realized how healing being kind is, for ourselves and others. SERIOUSLY, making people happy helps you be happy. Now I’m not saying that you need to go out and start buying people puppies (I mean… you can.. Send one my way please.) Something as simple as smiling at someone on your morning commute give you those good feels. Something I do everyday at work is see how many genuine complements I can give throughout the day. It might be silly and feel super awkward at first, but watch someones whole face light up when you tell them they have a beautiful smile. Trust me on this one.
Press pause on social media.
This is something I need to start and will be doing from now on! I’ve decided that every week I am going to pick a day for no phone, no social media, and have a personal day. We hear it all the time, social media can be toxic to mental health… but it is 100% true. I find myself scrolling through Instagram late at night comparing myself to others, stressing over posts I’ve missed and worrying about silly things that honestly should not keep me up at night. I never thought I could be addicted to social media, but since I’ve started blogging, it is honestly at its worst. What a better way to beat that feeling than to have a break day!
Respect your emotions.
This one is a lesson I wish I learned like…the day I was born. Its pretty easy to stay in a bad mood if you’re constantly beating yourself up for being in said bad mood. I’ve learned the phrase “I feel (insert feeling here), and that’s normal.” Trust me, I know this seems easier said than done…but it isn’t. I also know it seems like it wouldn’t even help at all, but just give it a try next time your feeling low. In fact, do this even when your feeling happiest. Learning to respect how you feel, sit with it, and accept your emotions without judgement will seriously change the way you think about yourself.
Fall in love with yourself.
What if you could see yourself the way your family, friends, or significant other do? When you truly love someone, don’t you want the best for them? You want them to be healthy, laugh loudly, and be happy. Things like sadness, addiction, and abuse would never be on your wish list forthat person. The most important relationship you will ever have is with yourself. Fall in love with yourself and act accordingly. Run towards what feels good and indulge only in the things you feel are highest and best for you.
Everyday, find at least 5 things you are thankful for. Sometimes mine seem little like the way the light shines into my apartment, the fact that queso exists, or how Joe says goodbye to me before work. Always be thankful for the little things in life as well as the big. Being grateful everyday can uplift you and inspire you to change your outlook on your day to day life.